Hello. I don't know if I should use my real name so I'll just use my login name, "nagerjaeger". I'm from Montana and I ride to work almost every day on a Giant NRS 2. It is really way more than I need but each fall I have an emotional hole that I have to fill with a purchase so a few autumn's ago I bought it.
This next fall, if I can't get a handle on my emotions I'd like to buy a Redline Monocog. I don't really need it but it looks so cool and clean that I just have to scratch that itch.
I've been riding a bicycle for work/commuting purposes since 1970 when I rode my Schwinn Typhoon on my morning paper route for 3 years. After H.S. I went in the Navy and once I was settled in one location I purchased a Fuji road bike for, as I recall, $200. That was 1976. I used it to ride to Karate lessons when not at sea. It was stolen in '78 and I purchased a Tiger brand. My best friend and I would race each other to the chow hall when our boat was in the ship yard. I rode it while in college in the early '80's. I can't believe that I rode up and down the icy streets of Bozeman, MT on a 10 speed road bike.
I had a short stint with a 5 speed Schwinn cruiser in '82 just before Mountain Bikes came out that I could afford. My first MB was a Schwinn that cost something like $325. A lot of money for me at the time. But I was totally hooked. A friend took me on my first MB ride up Blodgett Canyon in the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana. I was in heaven. It had to have been the most fun ride I have ever had on a bike.
Now I'm 52, married 20 years, two teenage sons, and I no longer ride on ice. I'm afraid to fall. Basically I'm a white and nurdy guy who tells stupid jokes, likes micro brews, and loves his wife and kids so much that it sometimes hurts.
Oh yes. Once recent event is that a friend and I rode our Mountain Bikes in the MS 150. He was so freaked about not having trained that he ate power bars at each stop to compensate. That stopped him up so bad that he was in major pain for the last few hours. We were the last two to arrive, I think it was 5pm and the speaker was speaking. The next year they had a new rule about if you weren't there by 4pm you had to sag.